Club President Peter Allsopp welcomed around 70 members and guests and thanked them for attending. He also thanked them for their continued support of the club over the past 12 months with a special thanks to the club’s main sponsor Wightlink and the main sponsor of the Regatta, TLM Laser.
Peter then welcomed Geoff Underwood from the Isle of Wight-based Wight Aid Foundation, who presented the club with a cheque for £2500 towards an exciting new Coastal Four boat building project.
Ryde – and other Island clubs – have an urgent need for a new Coastal Four boat. There is currently very few boat builders making competitive Coastal Fours and the waiting list is more than 2 years. So, in conjunction with the Isle of Wight boat builders AB Composites and with the support from Wight Aid, Ryde Rowing Club is going to build a new mould for a Coastal Four.
Geoff gave a brief explanation of the Wight Aid Foundation work whose primary purpose is to provide funding to charities, groups and organisations which aim to improve the lives of people who are living on the Isle of Wight.
Following a presentation on the clubs achievements in 2018, the Club Captain Graham Reeve, supported by the Rowing Captain Micky Jenner, President Pete Allsopp and Wight Aid’s Geoff Underwood, presented the club’s Annual Awards.
The Coxswain’s Cup was awarded to Dan Sanderson for the second year in a row; the First Year Oarsman Trophy was awarded to Paddy Kearney; the First Years Ladies Trophy to Grace Bolland and Austin Smith received the Oarsman of the Year Award. Freya Drage was awarded the Oars Lady of the Year Award. The Coaches Cup was awarded to her father Martin Drage for his support for the club’s Junior Coaching Team.
The Committee Cup was awarded to Matt Smith for towing the club’s trailer to most of the mainland events this season and generally supporting the club’s activities.
The Captains Cup was awarded to Tom Starkey for the commitment he has shown.
Finally, the traditional ‘First Hants & Dorset ARA win’ club spoons – a tradition that goes back more than 70 years – were awarded to Austin Smith, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson. There were also special awards to Maggie Sanderson and Angela Clark for their support of the Club – with the catering team and behind the bar.
Ryde Coxswain Bryony Reeve, who having moved to the mainland now rows for Southsea, was in attendance and bought over the Poole Regatta Novice Fours Trophy that Southsea had won – with Ryde’s Ben Sanderson racing in the composite crew so he could have a photo with the trophy.
The evening concluded with a substantial buffet, a photo montage and films of some of the seasons racing.